Tito Ortiz (photo:defymag.com)
UFC 13: The Ultimate Force - May 30, 1997 - Augusta (Ga.) Civic Center
However, the debuts of Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture set the stage for a bright future.
UFC 13 featured four-man heavyweight and light heavyweight tournaments, along with a superfight between Brazilian phenom Vitor Belfort and brawling anti-hero Tank Abbott.
Ortiz opened the show by smashing Wes Albritton for a successful UFC debut in just 31 seconds. This was the alternate bout for the light heavyweight tournament.
After the fight, Ortiz told Joe Rogan that he knew he would “blow through” Albritton. Here’s the interview.
In the heavyweight alternate fight, hometown boy Jack “The Ripper” Nilson beat Saeed Hosseini by TKO in 1:23.